JOHANNESBURG: Mitsubishi Motors Corporation will launch the all-new eK X EV (pronounced "eK 'cross' EV"), an all-electric car, in Japan this summer.

The eK X EV is a new electric vehicle (EV) to join the eK X series, Mitsubishi Motors' car series with an SUV flavour and offers a driving range sufficient for everyday use.

The new model features the spacious, pleasant cabin and user-friendliness same as the eK X, while also providing the smooth and powerful driving experience of EVs, a quiet and comfortable ride, and the convenience made possible by advanced driver assistance systems and connectivity.

The all-new eK X EV offers the following main features:
  • Driving range of 180 kilometres per charge, sufficient for everyday use
  • The smooth and powerful driving experience unique to EVs, quietness, and ride comfort
  • A spacious and comfortable cabin achieved by optimising the layout of the EV system
  • Grip Control that provides Mitsubishi Motors' characteristic driving experience with peace of mind
  • An array of advanced driver assistance systems, including the first use of the MI-PILOT parking support system
  • Connectivity that allows remote control of air-conditioning and charging via an app, in addition to SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Large-capacity drive battery that can serve as a storage battery to help address electricity supply and demand issues, as well as a reliable source of power
  • Clean, sophisticated styling that combines the look of an EV with that of an SUV
  • Advanced 7-inch colour liquid crystal display (LCD) meter with good visibility and operability and an electric shift lever
  • 9-inch Smartphone-link Display Audio (SDA) navigation system displaying EV-related information
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It is equipped with a newly developed drive battery with a total power capacity of 20 kilowatts (kWh), has two charging ports – regular charging (AC200V/14.5A), which takes about 8 hours to reach a full charge, and quick charging, which takes about 40 minutes to complete an 80% charge.

By employing a cooling system using air-conditioner refrigerant in the drive battery to control temperature rises in the battery, a high charge level can be maintained even after repeated high-speed driving and quick charging.

The maximum torque is 195 Nm, almost twice that of the petrol turbo model, and the motor's damping performance has also been improved to achieve the smooth and powerful driving performance that constitutes EVs' appeal.

Three drive modes are available, allowing the driver to select their desired mode according to driving conditions – Normal mode, which is optimal for city driving; Eco mode, which reduces motor output to improve power consumption and Sport mode, which gives a crisp, lively throttle response.

“This is a tremendously exciting development for Mitsubishi,” says Jeffrey Allison, General Manager: Marketing Mitsubishi Motors South Africa. “With its long heritage coupled with Japanese craftsmanship, Mitsubishi products and particularly SUV offerings such as the ASX have found favour globally.

“The eK X range of compact SUV’s incorporates all of that, at the same time raising the company’s goal of sustainable innovation to new heights.

“Built with all the features and safety that Mitsubishi customers want in their vehicles, eK X could be a game-changer in vehicle affordability.”